- Environmental governance through collective action
- Tracking and explaining change in commons regimes
- The migration-environment-development nexus
- Local approaches to biodiversity conservation
I'm always keen to hear from prospective Master’s and PhD students interested in issues related to local forms of environmental governance (practice, knowledge, institutions), and committed to the principles of community engagement.
- Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resources and Environmental Management. University of Manitoba
- Master of Arts in Environment, Development, and Policy (Distinction). University of Sussex
- Bachelor of Science in Geography (Honours). University of Liverpool
My substantive area of expertise lies in interdisciplinary and applied environmental research, with special emphasis on the drivers, and impacts, of demographic, social, and environmental change as they affect rural and remote communities. It is research firmly couched in the ideals of community engagement and participation. My goal is to move knowledge into the arenas of practice and policy, where it can be of specific value in supporting partner communities.
My work takes place predominantly in Mexico, Latin America, and Canada (although I’m interested in the above themes no matter where they might unfold). I work in regions where a strong interdependency exists between biological and cultural diversity.
I’m particularly interested to learn about community responses to globalized change (the entanglement of global environmental change, economic and cultural globalization, colonial histories, neoliberal policies). This includes community efforts to adapt and innovate customary systems of governance and resource use.
- Strategies for Building Inclusivity in Mexican Forest Commons (SSHRC Insight Development Grant, PI) (2018-2020)
- Ethnobiology Design and Food System Innovation in Bolivia and Canada (SSHRC Insight Grant, Co-Investigator) (2015-2020)
- The Future of Forest Work and Communities (SSHRC Connection Grant, PI) (2017-2019)
News and Media
J.P. Robson, D. Klooster, and J. Hernández-Díaz. 2018. Communities Surviving Migration: Village Governance, Environment, and Cultural Survival in Indigenous Mexico. Abingdon, UK: Routledge/Earthscan. https://www.routledge.com/Communities-Surviving-Migration-Village-Governance-Environment-and-Cultural/Robson-Klooster-Hernandez-Diaz/p/book/9781138740020
J.P. Robson and D. Klooster. 2018. Migration and a new landscape of forest use and conservation. Environmental Conservation. Available online at: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0376892918000218
J. Boakye-Danquah, M.G. Reed, J.P. Robson, and T. Sato. 2018. A problem of social fit? Assessing the role of bridging organizations in the recoupling of socio-ecological systems. Journal of Environmental Management.Volume 223 (October 1st, 2018): 338-347
J.P. Robson, D. Klooster, H. Worthen, and J. Hernandez-Diaz. 2018. Migration and agrarian transformations in Indigenous Mexico. Journal of Agrarian Change 18(2): 299-323
Boillat, F.M. Scarpa, J.P. Robson, H.R. Grau… and E.S. Brondizio, 2017. Land system science in Latin America: Challenges and perspectives. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 26-27: 37-46.
- ENVS 803 – Research in Environment & Sustainability
- ENVS 401 – Sustainability in Action